I bought a little tube of Lansinoh after searching for a while for a non-branded lanolin nipple cream and not being able to find any. I used it from day one on the ward, and although my nipples hurt pretty much constantly until week eight I managed to prevent them from cracking, bleeding, or showing any outward signs of damage.
As lanolin is fairly gunky stuff it was difficult to get out of the tube, particularly on the cold hospital ward! I found that carrying it around in my pocket helped to warm it up, and made it easier to spread. It was noticeable the times I forgot to use it, my nipples were sore and sensitive after feeding and it was painful to put a bra back on.
The tube initially seemed a little small to me, and I did later have to buy a second one to help me through. A little bit spreads over a long way, but I was sloshing it on continuously until week eight, which required about a tube and a half. Being greasy it got everywhere, over fingers, sheets and clothes and be warned, it will stain shirts! By week three I was wearing bra pads which stopped the staining and I found that a layer of lanolin helped to make the disposable pads more comfortable. A big advantage of the natural lanolin was that I didn't have to wipe it away before feeding, and the baby certainly didn't seem to notice or care.
It's not the cheapest product, and I did get fed up of wiping it off my fingers constantly, but it made a huge difference and I don't think I would have managed to breastfeed without it.
"Breastfeeding doesn't hurt if you've got the latch right" - Whenever I hear this nugget of wisdom I want to shout out "Liar, liar, pants on fire". I know that I'm lucky in that both myself and Baby JJ got the hang of breastfeeding from the word go, Baby JJ was (and still is) a pro right from when I put him to the breast for the very first time at a minute or so old. We have a perfect latch and have done from day one, but even so by the time he was a week old it felt like my nipples were on fire and I was dreading each and every feed as the first five minutes would be toe-curlingly, eye-wateringly painful. Don't get me wrong, my nipples weren't cracked, blistered, peeling or bleeding, but they were bruised from the pressure of Baby JJ's incredibly efficient suck, the skin covering them was a little dry and the fact that he fed every two hours day and night meant there was little respite. Luckily I was prepared for this pain having experienced it with an older child, so I had bought a few different nipple creams in advance in the hope of finding something that helped. The most expensive of these creams is Lansinoh Lanolin, which has a standard retail price of around £9.99 for 40ml, but can be found for a much more reasonable £6.66 on Amazon.
This extremely thick, greasy and somewhat waxy cream is supplied in flip-top plastic tube, I have to say that the tube is a very pretty lilac colour and that it stands on it's lid, but otherwise it is nothing special, just a vessel for holding the cream and nothing more. Flipping the lid open with one hand is easy enough, but squeezing the cream out of the tube is another matter. Lansinoh is an extremely thick almost solid cream, the consistency of which I would say is on a par with a lip balm stick. It takes a great deal of pressure to squeeze the pea sized amount needed for application and I also find it tends to clog the area around the nozzle, leaving it a little yucky. Once released from the tube the cream needs to be warmed between the fingers before applying to the nipple and surrounding area. I find even after warming the cream it still tends to drag as it is applied, which I found particularly uncomfortable in the early days when my nipples were super sensitive. Once applied the Lansinoh does not sink into the skin so much as form a waterproof layer, that is said to promote wet healing and help prevent chaffing.
Being primarily made of Lanolin, Lansinoh does not need to be removed from the nipple before feeding, but I found I do need to remove it as Baby JJ is not the keen on it. I don't know if this is down to the taste or texture, but he will fuss if I don't clean the cream from my nipple before each feed. Being so greasy Lansinoh does tend to stain material so care needs to be taken when going bra-less and I also find it clogs my fabric (Little Lamb Bamboo) Breast Pads, although I'm not sure if it's a permanent effect.
To be perfectly honest my experience of using Lansinoh Lanolin cream is not that fantastic, maybe that's because my nipples never got to the stage of bleeding or cracking, but I found it more hassle than it was worth. While I find it easy enough to open the tube one handed, I find it nigh on impossible to dispense any cream while holding Baby JJ with the other arm. Once I do manage to dispense the cream I find it feels far too thick and sticky, it certainly isn't a pleasant experience to apply it. Then it tends to drag across the skin which I found incredibly uncomfortable. Once applied the cream was OK, not what I would call especially soothing but it didn't cause any further problems. Basically I feel that Lansinoh Lanolin is over-rated and did not better a job at soothing and moisturising my tender nipples than a 99p tube I bought from Superdrug.
*Lanolin is a natural material found in raw sheep's wool, therefore Lansinoh Lanolin is not suitable for vegans.
My midwife recommended this while I was breastfeeding. It's not cheap - around £8 a tube - but be aware you can get it on prescription for free (all prescriptions are free if your baby is under a year!) . It's used to soothe sore and cracked nipples.
I found it quite difficult to put on. It's quite thick, and you have to warm it between your fingers to spread it on at all. That's fine, but when you're very sore you don't want to be touched at all, so spreading it out evenly is pretty much a no-go! I found another brand of lanolin (Boots own brand I think) was less concentrated but also much more liquid and easier to spread when I hurt too much for this.
That said, it did work, but two things to be aware of. Firstly, if you have thrush lanolin will not only not fix this but can make it worse by "locking" it in. Secondly, if your baby is older than about a month, and you're still desperately slathering this on SOMETHING IS WRONG. Chances are high he's not latching right, and there are reasons for that (a huge one being tongue tie for instance). If that's you, seek help - this isn't going to fix that, it will just make it almost-bearable while you try to fix it.
When I had my first baby I had never heard of Lansinoh but my community midwife recommended it and gave me a sample pack. After using it I sent my husband out to buy a tube almost straight away as it worked wonders. At around £9-10 a tube, it is expensive but it is definitely worth the money!
The cream itself is quite thick so you don't need a huge amount and the tube lasts for ages. You can put it on before breast feeding as it is safe for baby to ingest. However, I wasn't sure about that idea so I stuck to applying it after every feed. It really helped with the sore nipples and meant I no longer had to use nipple shields to feed. After a week or so my nipples felt fine and I didn't need it after each feed.
When my second baby arrived, I started using Lansinoh straight away and had no problems with sore nipples at all. I didn't use it every time I fed my second son, just in the morning and at night and it worked perfectly.
On a few occasions I also used Lansinoh as a lip balm and as a nappy cream. It worked great as both!
I was hopeful to breast feed when I was pregnant with my first child so when packing my hospital bag I was advised to get a nipple cream call Lansinoh as my midwife said it was the best by far.
I brought my cream from Mothercare for £9.99 for a 40ml tube. This to me seemed quite pricey compared to their own brand which was half the price. However I brought it as a few people had said how good it was.
It came in a purple/violet cardboard box with a picture of a mother and baby on the front; it also states that it is a 100% natural which is a great fact to advertise in my opinion considering this is going to be going in your newborn baby's mouth. Inside the box is a squeezable purple tube with a flip lid.
This is called a nipple cream however it has more of a balm feel to it. You only need a small pea size amount to rub in to each nipple after feeding. I suffered with cracked and sore nipples while breast feeding in the first few days and this offered instant relief and a nice cooling effect.
I wish I had started using this cream as soon as I started breast feeding rather than waiting till the cracks and soreness was already there. I applied the cream every 15 - 30 minutes when they were bad. I did find it very comforting that it's 100% natural and there was no need to remove before feeding.
Unfortunately I only managed to breast feed for 2 weeks but in this time I got through half a tube. But he was feeding every 2 hours for the first week as he was very jaundice and underweight.
I found this product extremely useful even though I was abit taken back by the cost I would definitely purchase again if required. I have since seen this product on offer on Amazon for £5.99.
I would recommend this product to anyone who is planning to breastfeed. Don't use once they are sore/cracked use form the offset.
It is also said other Mum's use it for nappy rash, itchy stretch marks, minor cuts, burns, abrasions, dry skin and lip balm.
I wish I'd bought this product before the birth of my daughter. I fed my previous child and clearly must have somehow blocked out or moved the memories of the first weeks of breast feeding into the 'excruciatingly painful & not to be unlocked' area of my brain.
The first few weeks after birth are such a tumult of being overjoyed, being exhausted, dealing with post delivery pain and a squillion other emotions (if you're really unlucky like me you also have the in-laws to deal with... !). If you are breast feeding you can usually add to this the additional pain of the first few weeks feeding & latching. Even though I'd fed before, after the first days it became agony during each feed. It's so hard because you know your little one needs feeding but you begin to dread it as the pain is awful. I'd bought another cheaper alternative which really didn't help at all so I sent my husband to the chemist for something else & he returned with Lansinoh.
Lansinoh meant i felt relief within 24hrs and was able to continue feeding my little girl, eventually with no pain at all. It's a gooey thick product which is safe for baby so no need to wash it off for each feed. It's really long lasting and I still had 3/4 of the tube once my painful period was over. Not to waste anything I now use the cream for a multitude of other things; dry lips, minor scratches and my husband psoriasis.
I genuinely considered giving up breast feeding due to the pain but I'm so glad I persevered. Whilst Lansinoh isn't solely responsible it certainly assisted me to continue by relieving the pain really quickly & meant I was able to establish a full & enjoyable feeding routine which has lasted over 12months.
In future I'd buy this & apply it before feeding starts to hopefully avoid any pain at all. A definite must of any new mums planning to breast feed. The cost is relatively high but when you're suffering pain so bad it's worth every penny! Cheaper alternatives are a false ecomomy.
October 2012 my life changed forever and my little boy was born. That same little boy is the worlds biggest boobie monster, which has led me to this review!
Lanisoh is billed as the "worlds purest lanolin cream" and is 100% natural. Lanolin is also known as wool wax and is (obviously) created from sheep. It is a very thick substance and I had problems initially with squeezing it out of the tube. This difficulty increased as the weather was colder and the temperature in the flat dropped. Once I finally managed to get this out it did require rubbing between your fingers to warm up leaving your fingers a bit sticky! But once warmed easily applied to nipples.
An easily recognisable purple tube containing 40ml of cream. The downside to the tube is as you get to the end it gets more difficult to squeeze the lanisoh out and I find you end up wasting that last little bit (similar to the end of a tube of toothpaste!)
The tube has an expiry date of 12 months, which is plenty in my experience.
On the day we were released from hospital, my poor nipples had already taken a battering, and the own brand nipple cream I had packed in my bag was proving useless. My nipples cracked, blistered and bled in that first week, leaving me begging my husband to go and buy me some of this miracle cream everyone was on about. He returned home with the magic stuff and I as I eased myself out of my maternity bra whimpering with pain as the air hit me I (eventually!) managed to smear on this cream. INSTANT RELIEF! I wouldn't have believed it be possible but the second it was on me I no longer winced when my nipples brushed the inside of my bra, or were exposed to air (I did initially still wince when my little boy latched until they toughened up a bit!). The best thing was that it didn't need to be removed before feeding ike so many other creams. My little boy had no idea if I was using it or not he latched and took milk the same if I had the cream on as to when I didn't have the cream on,
I found that it treated the cuts and cracks and when my nipples did bleed, it stopped the bleeding giving my nipples chance to scab over and heal. I used it before every breast feed and after every breast feed (cue much groping round in the dark during night feeds trying not to wake the sleeping baby). I found I only needed to use this for 2-3 weeks in the beginning until my nipples stopped being so sensitive. I have used it since my little man got teeth, bit me and blistered my nipple again, and I can confirm that it also helps to heal that!
My skin is extremely sensitive and I had no reaction at all to this cream (hypoallergenic)
Yes it is expensive at £10 a tube, especially if like me you aren't ready prepared and could have bought it for much cheaper on amazon (£8) however, that one tube has lasted me the 9 months since my little boy got here and is still going! So if I weigh it up that is less than a £1 a month and I think that is extremely good value for money.
Now I found I didn't need to use this on my nipples continuously so I had a tube of expensive cream that I was a bit cross about not using. Until I realised that I could use it for other things, breastfeeding left me with very dry and chapped lips to the point where my skin was peeling off. Every fight before bed I used to apply lanisoh and it worked wonders!
My husband also found that he got good use out of it too for runners nipple - so lanisoh not just for breastfeeding mums! Though he did get embarrassed when it fell out of his gym bag.
There are so many variables with breastfeeding and a lot of people plan to and are not able to do it. Even with that said I would still recommend any mum thinking of attempting it to take this in your hospital bag. Those first few days are where a lot of damage is done and regular use at the beginning can save pain later on. And if you find you can't breastfeed? You have an amazing lip balm or runners nipple cream.
Lansinoh lanolin cream was first mentioned to me by the team of midwives that I visited for my pregnancy check ups. They asked if I was considering trying to breast feed, and when I said yes, they highly recommended this product to me.
Lansinoh is not so much a cream as a thick paste. It was hard to use when cold, so I would recommend warming it slightly between your fingers before trying to apply it. It is applied directly to the nipples / surrounding areas. It can be applied to cracked skin as well as a healing aid.
I breastfed my daughter for a total of 17 months, and can honestly say that this cream was amazing! In the early days, when trying to establish feeding (and with a baby that wanted to feed every two hours!) it helped immensely with soothing sore nipples in between feeds. As you do not have to clean it off skin before feeding, it was great as a barrier cream as you could be sure it was safe and wouldn't harm baby. Also, it was wonderful when expressing milk as a barrier cream between skin / nipple and breast pump, making this much more comfortable. As my daughter got older (and gained teeth!) I rediscovered Lansinoh to aid healing when she was a bit too enthusiastic and decided to bite.
It does appear to be on the expensive side, but a tube lasts for a long time so is good value for money. it can be purchased online or over the counter in many pharmacies or supermarkets. Overall, I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is hoping to try to breast feed.
~~~ Background ~~~
Regular readers of my reviews will be aware that our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis, and that I am now in a better position reflect on which baby-related products I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
As an older first time Mum, my many more experienced friends gave lots of baby-related advice. I was informed by many of these friends that Lansinoh nipple cream was a must-have item, so it was an early purchase and one of the first inhabitants of my "carefully" prepared hospital bag. (Side note: this bag also included several apples that I kept replacing for weeks - what was I thinking at the time??)
~~~ The product and my thoughts ~~~
Lansinoh is one of many purveyors of a specialist paste-like ointment designed to protect and repair cracked nipples. This product is made from medical grade lanolin obtained from sheep, is free from preservatives and fragrances and doesn't need to be washed off at any time. It's safe for baby. To apply, simply place a pea-sized amount on your fingertip and then place on the affected area. It can be a little difficult to apply due to its viscosity so alternatively you cold pre-warm it a little by first rubbing the paste between your thumb and finger first, in which case you may require a slightly larger amount than pea-sized.
I breastfed Millie for approximately 14 months; who never seemed to notice the presence of this ointment. I used it on multiple occasions in the first four or five months and infrequently thereafter to treat and protect my nipples. During the first several months of Millie's life I needed to express milk from a pump as well as feed her directly. I discovered that this nipple cream is useful for treating and preventing the gentle suction-related grazes that can occur where the shield contacts the breast.
My nipples were never cracked to the point of bleeding, so I cannot comment on this item's ability to repair this. The cream can stain clothes, particularly bras, so I recommend wearing breast pads to avoid this happening.
Finally, there are many sources available for breastfeeding mothers and I highly recommend that new Mums make use of them. Breastfeeding should not be painful; if it is then you need to seek more specialist advice if general tips aren't helping. One should remember that breast milk is sterile with inherent antibacterial and healing properties that will heal non-yeast infected nipples if a small amount is expressed and then applied to the affected area.
Lansinoh cream is available in 40g tubes from pharmacies and supermarkets. I note the current price to be £8-9 on Amazon and £10 at Boots.
~~~ Recommended ~~~
A must have. I'm deducting one star for the fact that it is so expensive.
If I could pass on one must have item for any new mothers that intend to give breast feeding a try then it would certainly be to buy some wonderful Lansinoh Lanolin nipple cream. It made my life and those beginning weeks of breastfeeding so much easier and took some of the sting out of the whole process.
So far I have really enjoyed breastfeeding but it has been anything but simple - or at least it was far harder than I initially thought that it would ever be. Before my daughter arrived I had a big misconception that breastfeeding would come naturally to me and both me and my baby would be settling in snuggling and feeding successful hours after birth. Well that just didn't happen, we both had quite a difficult birth which made her really sleepy and me exhausted as well as delaying my milk coming in. But, it also took me by surprise at how hard it was to get the little one to latch on and how intense the pain was for days if not weeks before breastfeeding finally felt like second nature. Lansinoh Lanolin was a real life saver for me because it helped to keep the delicate skin of the nipple area remain in pretty good condition as my body got used to and adjusted to this little ravenous baby chomping on me. The cream was especially useful on those days where my baby decided to cluster feed and wanted to be attached for hours at a time, which is great for increasing milk supply but very sore on your nipples.
The Lansinoh Lanolin is also suitable to use in between feeding without having to wipe it off or worry about your baby swallowing any, making it even more straight forward to use. The Lansinoh Lanolin is very thick and very rich. It is one item that I am really glad I thought to buy for my hospital bag and was initially recommended to me by my lovely midwife.
The only downside to Lansinoh Lanolin is that it is rather expensive and typically retails for around £9 for a tube of 40 mls. But, it will last far longer than you might think because you really only need to use a tiny pea sized amount each time. So far in just over four months of breastfeeding I have yet to completely finish a tube, but then I do have three tubes. I keep one in my baby's changing bag, one upstairs in the bedroom and one downstairs. I don't use the Lansinoh Lanolin near as much now as I did when I first started breastfeeding but it is still great to have around and it also acts as a fab lip balm.
It's also great to use if you are planning on expressing breast milk because some of the manual and especially the electric pumps can cause friction sores on the very delicate skin of your nipples. By applying quite a liberal amount of Lansinoh Lanolin before expressing can really make a difference.
I doubt that there are many people who use Lansinoh Lanolin that wouldn't give it five out of five stars. Lansinoh Lanolin comes highly recommended from me, I have tried other nipple creams but nothing has been quite as good as Lansinoh Lanolin.
Five out of five stars.
I was determined to breastfeed for at least 2 years (as recommended by the World Health Org) when I had my daughter and found it pretty easy and intuitive. I did a lot of reading beforehand and had a doula so knew that it took 6 weeks to truly establish breastfeeding. I received some strange advice from my health visitor in regards to breastfeeding (things like give the baby water too and have bottles and formula in the house etc) which I dutifully ignored. Luckily for me my doula and one of my midwives were both experienced breastfeeders so I had tons of good advice and info.
My daughter thrived on breastmilk but not being used to having an 8lb lump gumming my nipples for hours and hours every day for weeks on end I found myself having some pain initially despite having a good latch.
I had been given sample sachets of this stuff and managed to grab a larger bottle on prescription (free in Wales) but would have paid for it anyway, it is great stuff.
I only used this a few times for a short period of a few days as any pain I had soon sorted itself out. It also re-occurred a few times when my daughter started teething and decided to be distracted and turn her head sharply whilst latched on, and once when she bit me. She learned a new word that day....
I must add that if you have continuous pain when feeding then it is possible that your latch is not quite right so it is worth joining a BF group such as NCT to talk to a breastfeeding counsellor who can guide you, or of course a decent midwife. Constant pain when breastfeeding is NOT normal and in my case it was just my nipples getting used to being ravaged and later on teeth issues which soon resolved. I would hate to see somebody give up breastfeeding and start formula because they find it painful.
This stuff is a very thick slightly yellow wax in a purple tube which contains relevant info on the outside. It is fairly basic to use and will not hurt the baby if ingested as it is natural lanolin. To be honest it is a bugger to get out of the tube so I used to warm mine up first by placing it under a boob to melt a bit....
You need a pea sized amount which you rub between your fingers to melt and soften up a bit and then you apply it to your nipples. This forms a barrier and allows it to heal. I reapplied before AND after every feed and found that my boobs soon were back to their normal selves.
Lansinoh is "ultra pure lanolin " according to their website and hypo-allergenic. If your latch is good then you should not need to use this for long (if at all) but the wax can be used for all cracked skin conditions where a barrier is needed including hands and feet. High grade lanolin such as this one has also been useful for those suffering from eczema and other skin conditions such as cracked heels.
The ethics of lanolin:
Lanolin of course is a product that is secreted by the sebaceous glands of (mainly) sheep. The breeds that are used for lanolin tend to be sheep that are raised for their wool rather than their meat because the meat from these breeds is considered inferior. This sits a bit better with me as a veggie than if it was a by product of the meat industry but obviously this would not be suitable for a vegan.
DOES IT WORK?
YES! It does most definitely help the feeling of sore and cracked nipples.... for anyone who has not experienced the joy of this then consider this, it feels like a sharp pain whenever your child latches on, enough to make you flinch and say rude things. Picture this- rub your nipples with wire wool and dip them in vinegar. That is how painful it CAN be. Of course not every woman has this issue and I would hate to deter anyone from breastfeeding because it is the biologically normal way to feed your child and has a billion benefits that are available to research should you wish. I was 100% committed to feeding my daughter myself and refused to even have a bottle in the house. I hit the recommended 2 year mark and am still feeding my daughter at <gasp> nearly four years. I fail to see why the milk from another species is superior to mine for my child. I still have half a bottle of this cream in my cupboard should I need it but to be honest I could get road rash on mine and not feel it having had a toddler swinging from my boobs so doubt that it will be used again for anything breastfeeding related.
Analysis has shown that lanolin possesses a number of important similarities to certain human lipids which help to regulate water loss in the skin. Other studies have shown that the skin smoothing and emollient action of lanolin lasts for many hours and it has been shown to reduce roughness by around 35% after one hour and 50% after two.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
Yes. However check your latch first!
This wax is available to buy at around £8 but can also be obtained on prescription- speak to your GP or midwife.
Lansinoh sell a range of products such as breast pads and pump accessories. More info here:
Lansinoh "cream" is a lanolin ointment sold in 40ml tubes from most supermarkets, baby shops (Mamas & Papas, Mothercare etc.) and chemists (such as Boots). It was an item recommended to me as a 'must have' if I was going to breast feed my baby. The cream is essentially a barrier cream to prevent nipples from getting too sore and damaged when feeding. At around £10 for a small tube (40ml), the cream is not cheap but is worth every penny in my opinion - keep an eye out for in-store discounts, I managed to get mine for around £8. The cream isn't really a cream, it is more like a balm, a similar consistency to Vaseline but much stickier.
Normally I would wait until I had a problem before trying to solve it with a cream but in this case I used the cream as a method of prevention to stop my nipples becoming cracked and sore during breast feeding. I don't think the cream advertises itself very well, it says it "soothes and protects the nipple" - personally I found when I stopped using the cream after a few weeks and had a slightly sore nipple, the cream didn't particularly soothe the soreness. However, where this cream excels is in the prevention of sore nipples. I luckily had a tube in my hospital bag upon recommendation by a friend and I was so glad I did have it! I religiously applied the cream after every feed for over a month to ensure I didn't get really sore nipples. I think people fail to tell you that breast feeding does hurt for about the first month but this cream really protects a sore nipple becoming cracked, red and even worse than just the normal sort of sore!
As I mentioned earlier, the cream is more like a balm and what I found was that if it was very cold in a room (or the time I left it in the changing bag in the car!), the balm would be very difficult to squeeze out of the tube, yet at higher temperatures it would ooze out very easily so try and keep it at room temperature so you don't get too much/too little out. You literally just smear it over the nipple after every feed and you don't need to wipe it off before the baby feeds which is by far one of the best things about the product! After about a month, I stopped using it after every feed and when my baby developed a bad latch, I didn't half notice how sore my nipples were without the product so once I'd solved the problem of them being sore with a moisturising cream, I went back to using this product and haven't had an issue since.
I would say that one tube lasts about a month and that is giving the baby about 8 feeds per day.
The one bad thing about the product is the effect it has on clothing! If you use it with breast pads and a bra then you won't have a problem, but I used it through the night (braless!) and my dark pyjamas ended up thoroughly stained and completely ruined - obviously its unlikely you'd have this problem in the day but I wasn't impressed by my poor ruined PJs!
I can't recommend this product enough if you plan to breast feed your baby. I am so glad I had a tube "just in case" in my hospital bag. Use it religiously after every feed! I am positive that is what has kept me largely pain free when feeding my little one. The price is obviously not cheap but it does last a while so it isn't too bad overall. I really recommend this product but be careful not to damage your clothes with it!
Hailed by new mums as a miracle cream that saves your nipples from falling off, Lansinoh is a lanolin based goo that claims to soothe and protects sore and cracked nipples in breastfeeding mothers.
Now I'm really on the fence with this one and I've realised I'm going to find it difficult to review but I've started, so I'll finish.
It's grease. Grease. That's all, no different from using Vaseline, except it costs a fortune
- around £10 a tube. But when you're desperate, when that tiny little delicate newborn mouth has made your nipples feel like they've been snapped in a mousetrap, you buy it - hell you'd buy anything at that point, and it works, it is soothing! But remember before you part with your hard earned, it's just grease!
Lansinoh is a very thick, yellow waxy substance in a purple tube. Because it is so thick it can be tough to get out of the tube, so it is easier if you warm the tube in your hand first. You need to apply a pea sized amount just to the nipple area, preferably warmed again between your fingers for ease of spreading. It can be applied before and after a feed, it doesn't need washing off as it isn't harmful to baby and it creates a barrier between you and little razor lips.
I believe there must be a placebo effect with this cream. So many breastfeeding mothers swear by it, myself included at the time, but there's nothing in it that cures cracked nipples, like so many users claim (not that Lansinoh themselves say this mind), it is in effect a rather expensive barrier cream.
Cracked, sore nipples are usually caused by a bad latch. Baby needs to take a big mouthful of breast tissue from underneath the nipple in order to 'milk' the breast effectively. If baby hasn't latched properly and is hanging onto your nipple, you will get sore. Lansinoh can make the latch worse, if applied before a feed, because it stops baby from getting good attachment.
I agree that Lansinoh is soothing, but I would advise getting your latch checked out by the BfN or LLL before you spend your money on this cream.
Do I win a prize for writing the word "nipple" so many times?
==Lansinoh HPA Lanolin nipple cream==
If you have read my previous review you would have seen that I have recently become a mum for the first time, I have tried to breast feed my little boy but due to the way the labour went the first few days were extremely difficult and to help my little boy get the nutrition he needed I had to cave in and bottle feed rather than breast feed. However, during the 2 different times I attempted to breast feed (after labour and a fortnight after that for a period of time for each) I was getting extremely painful nipples as unfortunately for me I had a strong let down reflex and this mixed with a baby who wasn't having the best time trying to feed; I was experiencing quite a bit of pain.
The cream itself comes in a 56g squeezy tube, the product is easy to dispense and you need less than a pea size amount of cream for both nipples (obviously this will depend on your nipple size to how much each individual will require). The cream does feel rather strange it reminds me of cotton but in a liquid formation, I honestly don't know why and everyone I have said this too looks at me in a funny way! The cream boasts that it helps to soothe and protect, I definitely agree with this I found I got instant relief from this cream as soon as it was applied. The cream is also safe and hypoallergenic which is great to know as you know this cream will be coming into contact with your little darling. The cream is also 100% natural so you do not need to worry about any chemicals or the likes. Finally, it is safe to use whilst breast feeding so you do not need to remove before each feed and reapply, therefore saving you precious time when you having a crying baby to contend with. Like I said earlier with having a strong let down reflex and my baby not using up my milk, I was going through a lot of nipple pads (Tommee Tippee) I found that putting cream on when I didn't necessarily need to helped prevent my nipples becoming sore from the pads.
The cream can be bought from many retailers of maternity products, I purchased mine from Amazon.co.uk and it cost £9.05 in September 2012 and that included free delivery. The price can seem steep at first but for the pain relief and prevention it is definitely worth every penny. The tube would last a long time as well; it's a shame that I have nearly a full tube left as I no longer need to use it. I will pass it on to someone so they can feel pain free as I did when I used it!
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This has been my saving grace!
Lansinoh lanolin cream has been a Godsend to my cracked nipples!
It is 100% natural and can be used during feeds with no ill affect to baby, my little one when first born was a vigorous feeder, feeding at least every hour on the hour which led me to have very sore, bleeding and cracked nipples (sorry for too much info!) and every time my baby would feed my toes would curl so much so that the pain I was experiencing made me want to give up.
My midwife who was also a lactation consultant did observe how I was latching on my little one as this is often one of the main causes of pain and cracked nipples if the baby is not latched on properly. She found that I was latching on fine, just that my little one was a guzzle monster and my nipples were just sensitive (it's not everyday that they were in use before darling daughter was born!)
She suggested that i try Lansinoh and I tried to get some in my local boots but they had run out and in desperation I bought their own brand which by the way is pants. When I did finally get some it was amazing! They soothed my nipples immediately, the cream itself is like a very thick gel like substance less creamy but more of a balm which moisturisers your nipples. It's a bit sticky but you only need a little bit at a time and I attribute this cream in allowing me to persevere and to continue breastfeeding.
Now the downsides is that it is quite expensive but like i said you only need a little at a time. However, when my nipples healed and gotten used to breastfeeding, I no longer needed to use it. But just for the immediate relief it is worth it and you can get samples to try, so if after you can decide if you really need it.
For me it is definitely worth it, as it allowed me to continue to feed my little one :)
Lansinoh is the worlds purest lanolin and has been specifically developed for the treatment of sore and cracked nipples alongside help with positioning and attachment (often the underlying cause of sore nipples).